Dover man arrested twice after allegedly threatening city employees

DOVER — A 43-year-old Dover man was arrested for the second time in six days after allegedly verbally threatening a city employee, authorities said.

Anthony L. Irvin, of the first block of Lost Tree Court, was arrested without incident at his residence on Wednesday after an employee allegedly was assaulted verbally while in a marked city of Dover vehicle in the area of Pear Street and Walker Road, according to the Dover Police Department.

Anthony L. Irvin

Anthony L. Irvin

Last week, Mr. Irvin was arrested on terroristic threatening and disorderly conduct charges after an alleged confrontation March 18 on the second floor of City Hall, authorities said.

In the first incident, police said, verbal threats allegedly were made to an undisclosed employee and other city officials, spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said.

“There were several issues that he mentioned, none of which were logical,” Cpl. Hoffman said.

Police did not disclose where the alleged incident took place in City Hall or how many officials were present.

Officers were called to City Hall, police said, but Mr. Irvin already had left before they arrived. Arrest warrants were then obtained.

Mr. Irvin was located, police said, and refused to leave his residence for approximately 43 minutes after seeing officers arrive. He finally relented after speaking with an attorney, according to authorities.

Mr. Irvin was released on $1,250 unsecured bond, and a no contact order with City Hall and an employee who allegedly had been threatened was issued, police said.

Investigation into the second alleged incident began after another city employee called Dover Police to report he had been threatened by an unidentified man.

A responding officer who had handled the first case involving Mr. Irvin identified him as a suspect in the second case, police said.

According to police, a suspect in a vehicle allegedly threatened to “come to his house and harm him and continued to shout various profanities,” according to a news release.

In an affidavit of probable cause, a police officer said he was contacted by a city employee at 8:55 a.m. in the Dover Police Department lobby. The employee reported being threatened in an incident that occurred at 7:40 a.m., according to papers.

Both vehicles had their windows down when the alleged incident occurred, police said in documents, and a red Nissan Rogue stopped to the right side of the city vehicle.

Police said a check found Mr. Irvin’s license was suspended by the Department of Motor Vehicles, along with the Nissan Rogue’s registration, due to a fine on Jan. 19, according to papers.

Mr. Irvin was taken into custody without incident at his home and charged with terroristic threatening and disorderly conduct; he was held at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna in lieu of $1,250 cash bond.

Cpl. Hoffman said while threats against city employee cases are “a rare occurrence, we sometimes handle disputes with city officials when services are being disconnected or other issues, but typically no arrest is required.”

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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